Welcome to today’s edition of Banner Morning, published on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018.
We are now 45 days away from Hoosier Hysteria.
In recruiting news …
Fast-rising big man Kadin Shedrick out of Holly Springs, North Carolina, who recently received an offer from Indiana, announced his Final 8 on Twitter last night.
The list includes Virginia, Florida, Wake Forest, Louisville, Xavier, Providence, Wisconsin, and … Indiana.
Shedrick is 6’10, 200 pounds, and is currently not ranked by either 247 or Rivals. But expect that to change. Brian Snow of 247Sports described Shedrick as “one of the biggest breakout performers of the month of July” who “saw his stock explode.”
Shedrick hasn’t visited Bloomington yet, so the next step will be getting him on campus. According to Snow, Shedrick has already taken an unofficial visit to Wake Forest and has two official visits scheduled later this month to Virginia and Xavier.
If Indiana can get him on campus, Shedrick’s name definitely becomes one to watch for the Class of 2019.
On this date in IU history …
On August 15th, 2012, it was reported that Ron Patterson, the Indianapolis native who was part of the recruiting class dubbed “The Movement”, would not be attending IU for the 2012-13 season after to failing to qualify academically.
Patterson’s departure helped Indiana solve its scholarship issue — as the Hoosiers were oversigned by one scholarship — just days prior to being in violation of NCAA rules.
But it was also the first sign that The Movement might not live up to the massive hype that accompanied it. Yogi Ferrell certainly did, but the class as a whole was one of the more disappointing groups in recent IU history.
Patterson would play two seasons at Syracuse before transferring to IUPUI, where he averaged 9.8 points per game over two seasons.
My thanks to IUArtifacts for contributing to this report.
And there are birthdays today …
Happy birthday to Larry Richardson and the great Bobby Wilkerson.
Richardson, a 6-8 forward, played at Indiana from 1996 through 2000. He posted his best numbers as a senior, scoring 5.6 points and grabbing 3.4 rebounds per game.
Many IU fans remember the so-called “Larry Richardson Game” from his senior season when Richardson exploded for a career-high 25 points in a home victory over Penn State.
Wilkerson, a 6-6 guard who often jumped center, played at Indiana from 1973-1976. He posted his best numbers as a senior, scoring 7.8 points, 5.3 assists, and 4.9 rebounds.
But box score numbers don’t really come close to capturing Wilkerson’s impact. With fellow guard Quinn Buckner, Wilkerson formed one of the best backcourt defensive duos in the history of college basketball — a major catalyst in Indiana’s two-year run in 1975 and 1976 during which the lost a grand total of one game.
Wilkerson had a 7-year NBA career during which he averaged 10.1 points per game.
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